Meet Victoria’s committee members for 2022

This year we introduce three new members to Engineers Australia’s Victorian Division Committee who will help provide leadership and direction to Engineers Australia Victoria in 2022.

Engineers Australia would like to welcome Jenny Selway, Kriston Symons and Anna Murray to the Victorian Division Committee for 2022.

Elected committee members, led by President Astrid Kauffman and Deputy Presidents Ross Kristinoff and Emma Miller-Olsen, will contribute their knowledge and time throughout the year to provide leadership in key areas, including the overall governance and strategic direction of the Victorian division.

This year, the committee will continue to focus on a number of initiatives to support Engineers Australia’s strategic objectives.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Supporting the implementation of Engineers Australia’s climate action plan. 
  • Supporting policy initiatives through the provision of a local perspective and context on issues of national significance.
  • Identifying opportunities to advocate for the profession in Victoria during an election year.
  • Continuing to encourage the next generation of engineers through increased connection with students, teachers and parents through STEM initiatives, including the “E is for Engineering” primary school pilot.
  • Providing feedback on state-based registration initiatives so that Engineers Australia can effectively support engineers to become registered.
  • Leading division volunteers to undertake pilots and learning as part of the Learned Society Review implementation.

We are excited to welcome Anna, Jenny and Kriston, who are commencing two-year terms on the committee. They bring a depth of skills and experience that will complement the existing committee members.

2022 promises to be a pivotal year for the division and we intend to serve the engineering community through impactful initiatives and advocacy work.

You can learn more about our new and returning committee members below.

Introducing our newest committee members:

Anna Murray

 Anna Murray FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Anna Murray has more than 25 years’ experience as an engineer and leader across many projects and clients, with expertise in the rail industry. Anna is a Fellow, Engineering Executive and Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. She championed the development of the Diploma of Infrastructure (Rail Specialisation) as a national and industry first. The diploma was developed by Transport for NSW and EEA, and is now being successfully delivered by University of Tasmania.

Jenny Selway

 Jenny Selway FIEAust CPEng

Jenny Selway is a non-executive director and engineer, with experience in the energy and agriculture industries. Jenny is currently on the board of Agribio, a world-class research facility and joint venture between the Victorian Government and Latrobe University. She is a graduate of the AICD, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is undertaking post graduate studies in climate change. She is passionate about decarbonisation and the sustainable energy transition and plans to progress Engineers Australia’s agenda in these areas.    

Kriston Symons

 Kriston Symons FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Kriston Symons is a Mechanical Engineer (Hons) with more than 20 years' experience. He is a Fellow, Engineering Executive and Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. Kriston is looking forward to contributing to Engineers Australia through advocating for the continued smooth transition to Professional Engineering Registration in relation to Registered Building Practitioners, the digital future of engineering, and the continued community recognition of engineer's contributions to the environment and society in Victoria.

 

2022 committee executive members:

Astrid Kauffman

 President: Astrid Kauffman FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Astrid Kauffman is a public sector professional engineer and mentor who is excited by the potential to solve complex public policy challenges using systems thinking. She is passionate about engineers participating in public policy conversations, and is looking forward to supporting EA’s work in climate change and economic transition. 

Emma Miller-Olsen

 Deputy President: Emma Miller-Olsen FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Emma Miller-Olsen, Victoria’s Professional Engineer of the Year 2020, has 20 years’ experience across the energy, transport, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas industries. Emma is a passionate leader, an engaging speaker and is a mentor for the University of Melbourne STEM Program while working as Senior Manager Structures in Victoria’s West Gate Bridge Team and Metropolitan Structures at the Department of Transport.

Ross Kristinof

 Deputy President: Ross Kristinof FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Ross Kristinof is a Chartered Geotechnical Engineer with 14 years’ experience across infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand. Ross has previously served on the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society and is passionate about advancing and promoting Engineers Australia’s role in the public policy space and in advancing and promoting STEM.

 

2022 returning committee members:

Amy Lezala

 Amy Lezala FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Amy Lezala, Victoria’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2020, is an active member in the rail industry and wider engineering community. She believes that engineers can provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by society. (Amy will be on parental leave for a portion of 2022.)

Felicity Furey

 Felicity Furey MIEAust

Named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence by age 26 and Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year, Felicity Furey has led multi-million-dollar engineering projects and founded several successful businesses. Felicity also mentors high-performing teams and equips current and emerging leaders across every industry with the skills to make an impact and drive meaningful change. 

Scott Taylor

 Dr Scott Taylor FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Dr Scott Taylor is the Engineering Director at Major Road Projects Victoria and has held public and private sector leadership roles. Scott is recognised for his leadership and management skills, combined with strong technical skills in the delivery of design solutions for transport infrastructure.

Thank you to our outgoing members:

  • Grant Scott FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), who led as the Victorian President from 2019-2020 and provided enormous effort and passion into promoting the “E” in STEM and continues to serve the profession as Chemical College Chair.
  • Paul Jackson FIEAust CPEng NER, who has had an invaluable impact on supporting and promoting the importance of Registration.
  • Merrill Gray FIEAust who contributed greatly to build awareness of engineering to the broader Victorian community.

Thank you to Grant, Merrill and Paul for generously sharing your time and expertise to advance the science and practice of engineering.

The 2022 committee welcomes your ideas on how to best serve the profession in the Victorian community. Please contact them at [email protected] with suggestions or discussion points.